Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga asked his former personal assistant, Ibrahim Auma Nyangoya, to portray servant leadership while serving in Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s cabinet.
Through a statement dated Saturday, December 10, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader confirmed parting ways with Auma, the incoming county executive committee (CEC) for boroughs administration and personnel docket.
“Today, I am like a proud father. After serving me diligently for many years, Ibrahim Auma was recently tapped to join Governor Johnson Sakaja’s cabinet to head its boroughs system,” Raila stated.
“To Ibbie (Ibrahim), I give you my blessing. Deliver to Nairobi with the same heart of service we know you so well for,” he added.
Ibrahim Auma and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (both in the middle) on Saturday, December 10, 2022
Auma credited Raila for his success, which caught Sakaja’s attention, who then tapped into his expertise to help him execute his mandate to take services closer to residents.
“Today I had the honour of being formally released by my mentor, Raila Odinga, who I have served as Personal Assistant for a long time,” Auma wrote.
“Baba, thank you so much for teaching me servant leadership,” he continued.
According to the Azimio Principal, Auma will be tasked with helping Sakaja deliver after creating five mini-administrative zones in the capital city, an idea he borrowed from the US.
A borough in the US is a unit of local government or other administrative divisions below the level of the state.
Other than Auma, Sakaja also picked Rosemary Kariuki, attached to the ODM secretariat, to lead the Business and Hustler Opportunities docket.
The two joined Charles Kerich in charge of Finance, Stephen Gathuita Mwangi (Built Environment and Urban Planning), Michael Gumo (Innovation and Digital Economy) and Brain Mulama (Talent, Skills Development and Care).
Others included Anastasia Nyalita Mutethya (Health, Wellness and Nutrition), Patrick Mbogo (Mobility and Works), Maurine Kinyanjui (Green Nairobi Environment, Water, Food and Agriculture), and Suzanne Silantoi (Inclusivity, Public Participation and Customer Care).
Ibrahim Auma taking the oath of office in Nairobi County Assembly on Thursday, December 8, 2022.